Pastor Kip has been the Pastor of Bethany Church (Bethany Lane Baptist Church) since 1991 after earning his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Mars Hill College (1973). Prior to being called into ministry in 1988, he worked in the field of accounting with the Internal Revenue Service, Ernst & Ernst, and Royster & Smith, CPA’s (which he co-founded in 1980).
He is married to Debbie Smith who was his college sweetheart and is presently a first grade teacher. They have two grown sons, Jon and Dave who are both married. They are also proud grandparents to nine grandchildren.
In 1988, Pastor Kip and Debbie felt God calling them to struggling churches in need of revival. Since then, God has been faithful to honor His vision and the Smith’s obedience as Bethany Church has become a vibrant, dynamic, Spirit-filled expression of the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. The Smith’s response to God’s call is best expressed in John 21:15-17-- a resounding, “YES Lord, we will feed your sheep!”